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Rising pay for tech workers coupled with layoffs affecting many low-wage Washingtonians during the pandemic led to an average wage of $76,741 last year, according to a state report released … more
WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan vote following weeks of haggling and delays, on Tuesday the Senate passed a roughly $250 billion bill aimed at boosting the U.S. technology sector's ability to … more
OLYMPIA — As Gov. Jay Inslee faces a lawsuit from the state Legislature over line-item vetoes he issued on climate bills last month, some lawmakers and activists worry what Inslee's veto power … more
People who have not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine now have more reasons why they might reconsider as Gov. Jay Inslee announced the “Shot of a Lifetime” incentives … more
The plan to expand Mount Rainier’s seismic monitoring systems — aimed at warning hikers and residents of oncoming eruptions, landslides or mudflows — is moving forward. And the … more
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that if sports fans want to root on the Cougars and Huskies this fall in-person, the best way to make that happen is to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. "It's a distinct … more
A week shy of the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd during a Minneapolis police arrest that prompted protests in Washington and all over the country, Gov. Jay Inslee signed sweeping … more
OLYMPIA — Businesses, local governments and the state will be able to offer people freebies or other incentives to convince them to get vaccinated against COVID-19, based on action taken … more
A trail camera in the North Cascades snagged a photo of four fisher kits being moved by their mom, April 18. The photos are the first proof that the house-cat sized member of the weasel family are … more
In a virtual Northwest Passages forum with The Spokesman-Review on Wednesday, Sen. Patty Murray laid out her vision for remedying the nation's lack of affordable child care, which she called a … more
OLYMPIA — After several years of devastating wildfires across Washington, lawmakers this year agreed to make a major investment in wildfire prevention and forest health. It was a fight … more
OLYMPIA — Open carry is now prohibited at public demonstrations and at the state capitol campus, after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday. The new law bans open carry within … more
OLYMPIA — The road to pass a capital gains tax in Washington is a long one. Democrats have pushed for it for years. Even before talks of a capital gains tax, the state grappled with … more
A 7 percent tax on capital gains is now law after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the long-awaited bill on Tuesday, May 4, but there could still be a long way to go until it is implemented. The tax has … more
All counties in Washington state received a two-week reprieve from potential rollbacks in the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan as Gov. Jay Inslee announced the most up-to-date data shows reason … more
Life at long-term care facilities will be getting closer to normal again. On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee aligned long-term care visitation guidelines to match the guidelines from the Centers for … more
WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, outlawing virtually all abortions in the state, with an … more
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's budget is "healthy" following the passage of a two-year state budget, according to director Kelly Susewind. The Washington Legislature passed the … more
Cooped up Americans have turned to the natural world to find some solace during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us — Washingtonians included — have noticed something amiss — … more
Washington State University will require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for the upcoming year from all students, employees and volunteers partaking in activities at a university campus or … more
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